New ‘Green’ Taxis Hit NYC Streets

NEW YORK (AP) -

Three new green taxi cabs permitted to pick up street hails outside of Manhattan have hit the streets. The cars made their first appearance after a June decision by the state’s Court of Appeals rejected claims by yellow-cab owners and taxi lenders that challenged a 2012 state law ending yellow cabs’ exclusive right to street hails.

The green taxis are not allowed to pick up hails south of East 96th Street and West 110th Street or at any airport. The Taxi and Limousine Commission says 1,300 green taxi permits have already been issued. It expects up to 6,000 permits to be issued in the first year.